You might have heard of facelifts, but did you know you can also get a breast lift? As it turns out, not all breast challenges are fixed by making your cup size bigger. Sometimes, raising the position of your nipple is all you need to improve shape and size.
The causes of breast sagging are inevitable. Once you’ve had children, and more so as you age, gravity begins to take a toll on all your body parts, and that includes your curves. It’s not just wrinkles, furrowed brows, and crows’ feet. Your breasts, thighs, and bottom can start to sag a little too.
Fortunately, Dr Rizk is highly skilled in mastopexy, and he can advise you on how to get the best results. In some instances, getting implants in addition to your lift can give your breasts a dramatic new profile. While implants can give you more volume for your breasts, mastopexy can beautify your breast contours and shift the position of your nipple, giving you a firmer, perkier, more youthful look.
For some patients, breast lift surgery is considered a controversial topic. This is because in order to raise the breast’s position the surgeon sometimes has to take out some breast tissue. Patients worry that this will make them smaller, as this is often the last thing they want. But as Dr Rizk can tell you, mastopexy can be coupled with fat grafts or implants to maintain the size and curve you’d like to have.
If you ask about the different types of breast lift surgery, Sydney doctors will mention three main kinds. The type of lift you select will also affect the kind of scar that you end up having. Your choice of incision will either leave you with a rounded scar, a vertical lollipop scar, or an upside down t-shaped anchor scar. The surgical scar depends on how loose your skin is, and Dr Rizk will help you decide what the best option is for you.
The specific way that breast lift surgery works sounds surprisingly simple. The surgeon will reposition the nipple and areola higher on the breast, then adjust the breast tissue to perk up your contours. If necessary, your surgeon can use fat grafts or implants on the upper parts of your breast. This balances out the drooping, re-aligns the nipple and gives your breasts a rounded overall shape.
Women who have inherently large breasts often have a bigger problem with drooping. Slight fluctuations in weight, the natural progression of age, as well as having kids can be harsher on women with plus sized breasts. Many of them are unaware that while they don’t need augmentation, their shape can change dramatically if they get a mastopexy.
Because these women have large breasts, their lifts are a bit more complex. In addition to tightening the skin and repositioning the nipples and areola, the surgeon may need to reduce breast tissue. Patients might be worried about losing volume, especially because as large-breasted women, they won’t get implants.
Dr Rizk has performed this procedure many times before and he can reassure you that if anything, that slight reduction will compliment the overall aesthetic appearance. They may look smaller, but their shape will be more rounded and their form will be perkier so the patient will have a rounder, curvier result.
Another thing women might worry about is the sensitivity of their nipples. They may be concerned that physically shifting the position of their nipple will affect nipple sensation and breastfeeding. Fortunately, Dr Rizk is an expert, and when he repositions your nipples, he ensures that the nerve system and blood supply are unaffected. This means your nipples should remain as responsive as they’ve always been.
A breast lift surgery will give you a dramatic new body, so it surprises patients when they are told they can go home the same day. The operation itself takes between 1 and 3 hours, depending on the intensity of sagging and the complexity of the breast lift. Patients are put under general anaesthesia, so they will be unconscious throughout.
After the anaesthesia has worn off and the doctor says it’s okay, patients can leave the hospital. Naturally, they shouldn’t try to drive so soon after anaesthesia, so before surgery, they should organise for someone to take them home. Patient safety is paramount for Dr Rizk, so he won’t discharge a patient until he is sure she has a designated driver. He will only release her directly into her rider’s hands.
Patients will have some pain, so they will be given pain meds as well as antibiotics to stop infection. Other than that, they can recover at home. Dr Rizk likes to keep a close eye on all his patients, so he will schedule check-ups, and provide an after-hours number to see that everything is running smoothly.
Once you get home, it’s a good idea to check your sleeping position, at least for the first few weeks. Try sleeping on your back to avoid putting undue pressure on your chest. If you’re a smoker, Dr Rizk will suggest you quit for about eight weeks. Stop smoking two weeks before surgery, and avoid cigarettes for six weeks after you leave hospital. This will help you recover faster and avoid complications.
Patients should expect some bruising and swelling. The scars will probably be bright and red for two or three months, so don’t be too uneasy. The patient will also have to wear a special recovery bra for a month and a half. As your healing progresses, try to be patient, pun intended. The appearance of your breasts will change throughout the recovery process, so if you don’t quite like what you see, give it some time. You won’t have your ‘final’ look until 6 months after surgery, when your tissues have healed and your swelling has stopped.
If your breasts are sagging (breast ptosis) or drooping and you would like to discuss your options, contact Dr. Rizk for a unique consultation where he’ll expertly collaborate with you to achieve your desired results.
Dr Rizk advocates the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
In terms of breast surgery, Sydney offers a variety of procedures under Dr Rizk. These include:
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